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Opened in 1931, Floyd Bennett Field briefly served as New York City’s first municipal airport before its conversion to a naval air station during World War II. Located on Jamaica Bay in southeastern Brooklyn, the field and its remaining airplane hangars are now a part of the Gateway National Recreation Area. In recent years, it has been the goal of the Historic Aircraft Restoration Project (H.A.R.P.) to preserve the aviation history of Floyd Bennett Field. Since 1996, H.A.R.P. volunteers have spent thousands of hours restoring vintage aircrafts beneath the roof of Hangar B on the east side of the field. Today, Hangar B houses one of the finest aircraft restoration facilities in the United States.


The first time I saw a seven-piece mariachi band enter my subway car, I thought I had seen just about everything. That was until I saw a shockingly unusual sight: four skiers, bundled in their snow pants and Spyder jackets, and one snowboarder who clearly was trying to rebel against his preppy parents. How ridiculous, I thought, skiers in Manhattan? True Roosevelt Island has a gondola, but that’s as close as this city will ever get to being a ski resort. It turns out there are over 40 places to ski in the tri-state area and eight of them are accessible via public transportation from NYC. Few things can be more difficult for the skier stuck in New York than figuring out a ride to the mountains, so I have taken the stress out and assembled a list below. And if it ever snows, I hope we all find fresh powder this season.


Graffiti is illegal in New York City and always has been. Wait–are you serious? Have you seen the East Village? Despite many areas of the city having thicker deposits than Boo the Dog‘s hair, authorities have been cracking down on graffiti since 2004.

In 2004 the Citywide Vandals Task Force was formed and NYPD began using the 311 telephone system to track and monitor all graffiti complaints on a daily basis. Myself and Charles-Antoine Perrault, of the Paris/NYC map mashup fame, decided to look for any patterns in the data. Here is a map of all 311 graffiti complaints and cleanup requests in Manhattan from April 2010 — April 2011:

Each dot represents one request for graffiti cleanup (click to enlarge)